This holiday includes a wonderful variety of coastal scenery ranging from sheltered tidal creeks to the wooded Fal estuary and the brooding cliffs of the Lizard, England's most southerly point. The whole area is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its mild climate permits even palm trees to flourish and Cornwall is the home of some of England’s finest gardens. Cornwall historically is the land of smugglers, shipwrecks and dark deeds in secret hidden coves, many of which you will pass through on your walk. It has literary associations with the poet John Betjeman, who was tongue-tied by the spectacular cliffs, Virginia Woolfe and of course, the novels of Daphne Du Maurier. The scenery is as spectacular and picturesque as the tiny fishing villages. There are superb beaches, marvelous bird watching and botanical spots, and sunsets that will stay in your memory long after you leave. There are those who have completed the whole five hundred miles of this wonderful long distance trail, who’s after dinner conversation touches on little else. Our moderate little week’s walk can have just as powerful side effects.
A Moderate grade walk with some long days. The coastal path is hilly and many climbs are made each day, returning again to sea level. Some trails are rough under foot.
Make your own way to Marazion, the home of the iconic St Michael’s Mount. The town claims to be the oldest town in Britain and was called Ictis by the Romans which goes someway to indicate that the area was a trading post for tin in ancient times. The town has an active community of artists whose work you can see in many of the galleries.
Accommodation: Mount Haven Hotel, a highly commended boutique hotel, with views of the Mount.
Your first day takes you from Mounts Bay with St. Michael's Mount sitting in the sea. This old abbey now a manor house has an ageless appeal and was traditionally linked to Mont St. Michel in Brittany. Round the corner from the Bay follow along some interesting sections of cliffs, with the remnants of tin mines. There are some beautiful bays and inlets associated with smuggling and then you will reach Porthleven, a pretty fishing and boating harbour that is closed by wooden baulks during storms. You can enjoy fine seafood at the inn or venture along the quay to a famous seafood restaurant.
Accommodation: Stay in the 4 star Harbour Inn by the quayside with old stone flags on the floor, oak beams and wood paneling in profusion. The bar retains the ambience of an old fisherman’s pub, and offers friendly service in traditional surroundings. If you are here on a Saturday there will often be entertainment as well.
Via the stunningly beautiful Kynance Cove and the pretty village of Mullion, which is at the heart of some of the finest walking. The sea at the Lizard has some interesting rock type’s country. The remote southernmost point of Britain will hopefully reward you with an unforgettable sunset, and will certainly offer fine views of the sea.
Accommodation: The Caerthillian at The Lizard, set in its own grounds the hotel has views of the famous Lizard lighthouse. Most rooms are ensuite and are equipped with tea and coffee facilities, TV and hairdryers. All have magnificent sea views.
Today pass Coverack, a fine example of a totally unspoilt traditional fishing village. You may wish to make a detour from the coast to visit St Keverne to view its pleasant village square and remarkable churchyard where over 400 shipwreck victims of the nearby Manacle Reef are buried.
Accommodation: Gallentreath a 3 star guesthouse where your host will make you more than welcome.
This is quite a long day, which could be shortened by taking a taxi to Gillan. From Gillan walk to Nare point and then across the Helford Passage You could have a lunch stop at the pub near the Frenchman’s Creek made famous by Daphne Du Maurier, before following part of the beautiful Helford River and the coastal path to the impressive Trebah Gardens. You then walk into Falmouth, the biggest town on our route.
Accommodation: We use a number of guesthouse/B&B in this busy town.
A lovely walk with fantastic scenery throughout the day. You start with a ferry ride from Falmouth to St. Mawes, a remote pleasant little yachting harbour at the end of the Roseland Peninsula, which boasts a clover leaf castle built by Henry VIII in 1542.
En route pass by Caerhays Castle, designed by John Nash, and its beautiful gardens. Then through Veryan noted for its thatched round houses. You arrive at the understated beauty that is Portloe, a tiny sheltered harbour with old streets.
Accommodation: Caradale B&B on the cliff tops beyond Portloe, a unique shell fishing hamlet on the almost unknown Roseland peninsular.
Walk from Portloe to Mevagissey via Portholland Cove and Dodman Point, quite a lot of ascent and descent on the last day, but great coastal views.
Accommodation: Our usual accommdoation is Honeycombe B&B, however this is a busy village and we will use a number of guesthouses here.
Depart Mevagissey after breakfast.
The days were too long on some stages, Enjoyed the scenery, great hosts at all accommodations, friendly people everywhere. Meals were great. We have used Sherpa quite a few time and have always had great service. Thank you.
M. Howard, Vancouver, Canada, 26 Sep 2016
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